Hope you all had a great start to year 2017. February is the month of celebrating art, when Delhi enjoys the colourful Surajkund crafts Mela, Mumbai celebrates the Kala Ghoda art fest and Rajasthan sees its own array of cattle & culture fairs. In midst of all this, we were wandering in the hills of Buddhist city of Dharamshala.
Come, explore this himalayan city with us and plan your trip to include one of these art fests for a cultural experience like no other.
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The Divine Hima, Dharamshala
The Divine Hima is a luxury boutique hotel, café, meditation centre and art gallery at Dharamshala.
A marriage of guestrooms, photographic art, geology, artefacts, positivity, a library, a fire room, meditation, yoga, trekking, nature walks. You will stumble upon otherwise mundane objects derived from ramblings in the wilderness.
Run by a geologist, this luxury boutique hotel subtly manifests wilderness in every nook and corner. The Divine Hima is a journey … a tribute … a culmination … of his life’s wonderment with the Himalayas. So whether you want to curl up on a sofa with a good book in the library or want to watch an in house movie, want a relaxing massage, learn yoga or just snuggle-up by the firepit? You are close!
Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is the country’s largest multicultural festival, taking place in February each year. The Festival draws visitors in large numbers, not just from the city but from all over the country, and the world.
The Festival is an annual celebration of dance, music and other art forms.The festival features Gallery and pavement shows, exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, literary events, film screenings, music concerts, dance performances, theatre shows, workshops, heritage walks and food fiesta. The participants range from the modern urban sellers with designer goods to sell, to village artists selling their traditional craftwork.
When:February every year Where:Kala Ghoda Arts Precinct, Fort, Mumbai.
Situated on the upper hilly terrains of Kangra valley, Dharamshala is set against the scenic backdrop of exquisite Dhauladhar Mountains. The city is famed as the holy abode of Tibetan Charismatic Leader Dalai Lama and is a synonym for Buddhism in India.Numerous Gompas, Tibetan markets presenting great cultural values and Tibetan architectures, are the main attractions of Dharamsala.
A perfect shopping place where one can view the color and lifestyles of the entire Dharamsala community.
Tibetan Library, located at GangchenKyishong Complex (3km), is just halfway up the mountain between lower Dharamsala and Mcleodganj. It is the archive store of Tibetan works, cultures and arts.
Tibetan Library, located at GangchenKyishong Complex (3km), is the archive store of Tibetan works, cultures and arts.
Hanuman-Ka-Tibba is an ideal trekking route for all those who love challenges.
Namgyal and other Monastries
Situated towards the southern end of the town, NamgyalMonastry is a part of the holy abode of the Dalai Lama. There are many other beautiful monasteries in vicinity.
From the Kitchen...
Indian style Chilli chicken is a very popular chicken starter in India. Here is the recipe for dry chilli chicken which you can try in your kitchen.
350 gm boneless chicken, diced
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup corn flour
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
2 cups onions, thickly sliced
2 tsp green chillies, thickly sliced
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 2 Tbsp vinegar
Mix together the chicken, egg, cornflour, ginger and garlic paste, 2 tsp salt, and enough water so that the chicken pieces are coated with the batter. Leave this for about 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a wok or a pan and deep-fry the chicken pieces until the chicken is cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper.
Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a wok, add onions and stir-fry over high heat until they are translucent.
Add the green chillies and saute for a minute.
Add salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and the deep-fried chicken, and toss well.You can add honey for a dash of sweetness.